Daily Archives: 09/22/2012

The Venezuelan elections – commentary

The Venezuelan elections

Stabroek News –  September 21, 2012 – Editorial

The Venezuelan elections on October 7, 2012 may well prove to be the most momentous in Venezuela’s recent history, with hugely important implications for the Latin American and Caribbean region as well. The outcome, however, is clouded in uncertainty.

President Hugo Chávez, ailing until a few months ago and still not very active, seems to have lost none of his bombast as he campaigns for his third six-year term, to perpetuate his “Bolivarian” state and vision of “21st century socialism.” Mr Chávez is claiming a 15-20 point led in the polls.

Henrique Capriles, the pro-business, former governor of Miranda state, behind whom the opposition parties have united, has been criss-crossing the country trying to eat away at the incumbent’s populist appeal. He and his supporters claim the advantage in the polls.   Continue reading

Margaret Osborne – One hundred years old…

Margaret Osborne – One hundred years of a life well lived

SEPTEMBER 22, 2012 | BY  | – And still counting

Yesterday  (September 21, 2012), marked the centenary of Margaret Irene Osborne who was born to John and Rebecca Babb on September 21, 1912 in the village of Hague, West Coast Demerara.  Born into a family in which there were seven siblings, Margaret spent her early days on the West Coast, attending St Jude’s Anglican School and later attended sewing classes.

On June 3, 1944, Margaret married Herbert Osborne. The union produced three children; Orlton, Jeanette and Ian Osborne.  Margaret and Herbert moved their young family to Linden.
She continued to be a homemaker and stayed at home while her husband worked in the Bauxite industry.  Margaret was known to be a loving and committed family person who was feisty and strong willed but calm and strong.

Centenarian Margaret Osborne (left)       Continue reading

Violence in America – Hubert Williams – commentary

Violence  in  America

By  Hubert  Williams

            Boston, Massachusetts, July 27, 2012 – -Every time some idiot takes a weapon(s), which the United States Constitution gives him the legal right to have, and murders people he has never met, this nation rises up in remorse, but then settles back comfortably to await the next appalling repetition.

From the way the public speaks, the possession of deadly weapons is a prerogative many Americans treasure.

Under the 1791 provision of the Bill of Rights (the Second Amendment) each man (woman, and it appears some teenagers, too) has the right to keep and bear arms; and the right-wing ‘gun lobby’ is such an influential force in American politics that there will be no significant change to the law, nor will the killing frenzy cease in my lifetime.   Continue reading

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